These colorful, urban, and MIA’s-Bad-Girl-esque photos are the works of Moroccan-born, UK-based artist, Hassan Hajjaj. Titled ‘Kesh Angels, Hajjaj’s first exhibition in New York showcases the vivid street culture of Morocco’s young women bikers through photographs, video, limited edition objects, and an installation. His work plays with the image of stereotypical Arab women by fusing portraits of young women in their traditional yet vibrant street-wear influenced veils and djellabas, colorful crew socks, just as colorful balghas embellished with Nike swooshes as if they were the Moroccan version of slides, and motorcycles, framed with consumer goods like soda cans and Moroccan packaging..
Hajjaj left to London from Morocco at a young age and was influenced by the hip-hop and reggae scenes of London and his North African heritage. A self-taught artist, Hajjaj has made many accomplishments such as winning the 2011 Sovereign Middle East and Africa Prize and being shortlisted in 2009 for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize for Islamic Art. He has had solo exhibitions all over the world including Dubai, London, Berlin, Paris, Tunisia, and Los Angeles among others.
The ‘Kesh Angels exhibition will run until 7 March 2014.
Taymour Grahne Gallery
57 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
More information on the exhibition can be found here.